Registration - scrap metal site
Registering a Scrap Metal Business in the Maidstone
What is a scrap metal business
Maidstone Borough Council is
responsible for registering Scrap Metal traders and processors. If
you want to run a scrap metal business based at a scrap yard, or an
itinerant dealership with no fixed scrap metal storage premises,
you need to register with us. Scrap metal includes any old metal,
and any broken, worn-out or partly manufactured metal objects.
Please contact the Licensing Team in
the first instance on 01622 602000 for guidance on whether you need
to register your business. Failing to register when you are running
a scrap metal business is an offence. If you are found guilty, you
could be fined up to £1000.
Scrap metal registrations do NOT cover vehicle
salvage. Vehicle salvage operators must register with Kent County
Council under the Vehicles (Crimes)
The operation of scrap metal
businesses is regulated under the
Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964. More information on
under the Scrap Metal Act is available.
What else do I need to know?
Where should I register?
You need to register your business
with Maidstone Borough Council, if you:
· Are using
premises in the area as a scrap metal store
· Usually live
permanently in the area
· Usually occupy
premises in the area for business purposes, even if you don’t store
your scrap metal there
If you work itinerantly in the
Maidstone Borough but usually live or are based in another area,
you need to register with the Local Authority for that area.
How much do applications cost?
Registering a scrap metal business
How often do I need to renew my
Scrap metal registrations cover your
business for three years. Towards the end of your registration, we
will send you a reminder with paper forms, or you can apply to
renew your registration online.
How do I apply?
You will need to supply the following
details on the application form:
- Your full name;
- Your full address, or the
address of the scrap metal dealer if you are applying on someone’s
behalf. If you are registering a company, please give the address
of the company’s registered or principal address;
- The address of any or all
premises used as a scrap metal store;
- The address of the business’
main base, if you carry on your business without using a scrap
You can apply to
register your scrap metal business online.
Alternatively, please contact us
using the details to the right of this page and we will post you an
application form or you can download the
form here to complete and return to:
The Licensing Team, Maidstone House,
King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6JQ.
How do I change my registration?
If you change any of the details you
have registered with us, you must let us know. You can
change your registration as a scrap metal dealer online.
Alternatively, contact us in writing to register any changes you
intend to make.
You must also inform us if you cease
to deal in scrap metal. Please contact us as soon as you have wound
up your trade using the details to the right of this page.
What happens next?
Your registration will take
14 calendar days to process. After this time, you
can consider your application successful. However, please stay in
touch with us during this time, as the “clock” can stop if we need
more information from you.
We will notify you by letter that
your registration is complete.
Are there any conditions attached to my
Yes. In order to qualify for a scrap
metal dealers’ registration you will need to:
- Keep a detailed yearly record
of your dealings at each place where you store or process/dispatch
scrap metal. “Your record of
dealings” gives more information on
- Retain each record book for
two years after the last entry
- Allow police officers or
officers from Maidstone Borough Council to inspect your premises,
your scrap metal, and/or your record at any reasonable time. You
must also allow police officers to take copies of your record book
I don’t have a scrap yard, I collect
scrap metal from house to house – do I still need to keep
Yes, but we can make an exemption order to
assist you to keep your record sensibly given that you do not have
premises that you use as a scrap metal store. Please see
“Your record of
dealings” for more information.
What happens if my application fails?
If for some reason we cannot grant your
application, please contact us in the first instance.
What do I do if I have complaints about a scrap metal
If you have complaints as a customer
of a scrap metal dealership, we would advise that you take it up
with the scrap metal dealer, preferably in writing with proof of
delivery. It that does not work, for people located in the UK,
Consumer Direct will give
advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
If you are a fellow scrap metal
dealer and you are concerned about dealings, the registration of
commodities, or safety issues at a scrap metal dealership, please
contact the Licensing Team using the details to the right of this
page. Any communication will be held in strictest confidence.
As a member of the public, if you
are concerned about safety issues, noise, nuisance or pollution at
a scrap metal dealership, please contact Environmental Health on
01622 602000 immediately.
Here are some links to Trade
Associations that may be useful to you. All links will open in a
new window, external to our pages.
British Metals Recycling
International Lead Association